It had the potential for being a crazy week...


Full moon... Friday the 13th... not just in the same week but on the SAME DAY!


I was prepared for the worst (seriously, if you work in education you know what I'm talking about). But I was pleasantly surprised that this week was actually one of the best as far as reading goes.


There were many 5 STAR BOOKS this week (HOORAY!), so I decided to dedicate the Friday Five to highlighting them. You can watch the video below, or click here to view this and other Friday Five booktalks.


If you marked yourself "safe" from the Full-Moon-Friday-the-13th school day this week, I hope you'll consider one or more of these books as your reward.


Happy Reading!


EDITED 9/16/19: This morning, the National Book Foundation announced that one of the books I highlight in this video, Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds, was long-listed for this year's National Book Award for Young People's Literature!




Books mentioned in the video:

The Proudest Blue by Muhammad/Ali/Aly

Home in the Woods by Wheeler

Magic Ramen by Wang

Look Both Ways by Reynolds

Beverly, Right Here by DiCamillo Call Me American by Iftin Stargazing by Wang




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This month's webinar is for all grades, Kindergarten - 12th Grade.

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Check out the latest edition of the newsletter for all things celebrating WORDS!


Poetry, writing, authors, and language are highlighted this month in honor of Poetry Month. Find out how to get your FREE audiobooks all summer long. Read about two FABULOUS new memoirs for teens & adults.


You'll also find all the usual suspects: fiction/nonfiction pairings, articles of interest, tech tips (KidLit podcasts to check out!), and a good book to use for #classroombookaday.

Check out the April edition of Mrs. Yusko Reads!

Happy Reading!



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